This is How Democracy Works in Belgium’
Defying a legal ban, an estimated 200 people took part in a short-lived demonstration in Brussels Tuesday against “the islamization of Europe.” The gathering was disrupted when Belgian police intervened and detained scores of people, including several European lawmakers.
Among the more than 150 people arrested in the area of the city where many European Union institutions are located were several far-right politicians and members of the European Parliament (MEPs), local media reported. They were released hours later.
* Even this sympathizing journo can’t get himself to drop the BS about the ‘far-right’ politicians who are simply standing up for civilization, Western values and culture.
Organizers based in several European countries who used the Internet primarily to promote the event had earlier predicted that 20,000 people might take part. They blamed the poor turnout on the legal hurdles and warnings that violence could erupt.
“Of course we’re disappointed by the turnout but it’s all the fault of the authorities,” Radio Netherlands quoted Anders Gravers, a Danish co-organizer, as saying.
“The mayor had no right to stop us. And there were even terror threats against the march, so it’s no wonder people stayed home,” Gravers said. “But we’re here to remind everyone that six years ago today, on 9/11, Islam declared war on the Western world.”
As Cybercast News Service reported earlierBrussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans last month refused permission for a rally to protest “islamization” — including the push to introduce aspects of shari’a (Islamic law) in Europe — and to mark the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Thielemans, a Socialist, cited concerns about threats to law and order, and painted the event organizers — a loose association calling itself Stop the Islamization of Europe” (SIOE) — as racists. Brussels has a sizeable immigration population, and an estimated 17-20 percent of the capital region’s inhabitants are Muslims.
The organizers, who say their aim is to prevent Islam from becoming the dominant political force in Europe, then appealed the decision. The ban was upheld by a Brussels appeals court late last month, but SIOE continued to promote the event, while seeking to distance itself from neo-Nazi or other fringe groups.
Video footage showed police manhandling several demonstrators, handcuffing and shoving them into a police bus. They included Frank Vanhecke and Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest), a party that promotes restricted immigration and independence for Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region of Flanders.
Before he was taken away Vanhecke, an MEP, was quoted as saying that “the rise of Islam in Europe poses a risk to our values.”
An Italian MEP, Mario Borghezio of the Northern League – also an anti-immigration party – was also arrested, Italian media reported. Borghezio earlier issued a strongly-worded statement criticizing the decision to ban the event.
Vlaams Belang said in a statement on its website, “Today the foreign media has again seen a fine image of how democracy works in Belgium.” It also described the mayor of Brussels as an “islamosocialist.”
* Freddy Thielemans, Mufti of Brussels thanks to the Muhammedan vote, can safely be called an Islamo-whore, because thats what he really is.